BCC Nursing Students Pinned 

El Dorado, Kan. – The purple gowns began to flow into Butler Community College’s gymnasium to the traditional Pomp and Circumstance and the tears of joy seemed to flow instantly from family members who supported them. Sixty-five Nursing graduates filed onto the floor to take their place as Butler’s Fall Nursing Class of 2019.

The ceremony, held Thursday evening at the College’s El Dorado campus, marked the one-year anniversary of Butler and the University of Kansas Nursing celebrating dual graduates of both their programs.

This December, five graduates also received their University of Kansas BSN degree as part of a Butler associate degree in nursing (ADN) and KU Nursing partnership launched in 2016. During the ceremony, Jennifer Beall, Nathan Aung Maran, and Madison Cary of Wichita, Halie Rose Smith of Yates Center, and Melissa Wedel of Andover were presented their KU Nursing cords by Christy Streeter, Dean of Health, Education and Public Services at Butler.

Five Butler Community College nursing school graduates also received their University of Kansas BSN degrees last week during the annual pinning ceremony held at Butler’s El Dorado campus. They are pictured from left to right: Halie Smith, Yates Center; Madison Cary, Wichita; Nathan Aung Maran, Wichita; Melissa Wedel, Andover; and Jennifer Beall, Wichita. These students mark the third class of graduates under the partnership between the two nursing powerhouse institutions.

This group marks the third class of KU graduates as part of the nursing-school partnership. Students earn degrees from both institutions when they enter the Butler and KU Nursing programs at the same time and simultaneously complete face-to-face course work at Butler and online instruction through the KU Nursing program. With the aid of faculty members from each college, students receive both their associate degree in nursing and their bachelor’s degree in nursing at the same time.

The ceremony included a welcoming address from Dr. Beth Eagleton, Butler Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, and greetings from Lance Lechtenberg, Butler Board of Trustee member; Kim Krull, Ph.D., president of Butler Community College; and Lori Winningham, vice president of Academics.

Trustee Lechtenberg pointed out this class is now part of an alumni base which has graduated from a top 10 nursing program in the state as designated by RegisteredNursing.org. In addition, he noted that 95% of the graduates already have jobs. This class is well on its way to meeting the expected Butler tradition of a 100 percent job placement rate within six months of graduation.

Pictured left to right are Kelsey Schlageck of Wichita, class president, and Rachael Henry of Park City, class vice president and Butler Student Nursing Association membership chair, share a smile prior to their Nurses Pinning Ceremony held at Butler Community College last week.

Kelsey Schlageck of Wichita, 2019 Class President, addressed her fellow nurses and expressed her gratitude on behalf of the class to Butler’s faculty for their dedication, commitment and patience as each of them worked to achieve this milestone. 

“Thank you doesn’t begin to scratch the surface.”

“I gained an immense amount of knowledge. . . and confidence in my abilities to critically think,” she said. She also shared moments and insight of being a nursing student and a nurse that delighted those with the professional knowledge. 

Rachael Henry of Park City, 2019 Nursing Class Vice President, lead the class in reading the International Council of Nurses’ Pledge.

Since 1965, Butler Nurses have received a pin upon graduating with an associate in applied sciences in nursing degree. The practice of pinning nurses began in the late 19th century in London. By 1880, the symbolic rite was brought to Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Since then the practice has become commonplace at nursing school graduations.

Besides receiving graduate nursing pins, the following recognitions were presented:

American Red Cross

Two graduates were recognized for volunteer efforts by members of the American Red Cross, Central Plains Blood Services Region.


Medical Reserves Corps Award

Four graduates completed an online program for Public Health Preparedness and volunteer work through the Butler County Health Department.


Mentoring Program

Nine students were commended by Butler faculty for participating in a mentoring program that enables third and fourth semester nursing students to mentor first and second semester nursing students.

Nursing Graduates by Hometown: (all awards denoted, see award legend below)

Andale: Nicole Robben

Andover: Desiree Firsching, Melissa Wedel (KU, M)

Bel Aire: Elizabeth Sells (M), Hanna Wilkinson

Clearwater: Brooke Winter (M)

Derby: Paige Adams, Charles (Brad) Bagby, Tara Greiving, Peyton Madison, Jennah McKee

El Dorado: Jessica Horner, Taylor Lawrence (MRC), Katie Schwartz, Destiny Smith

Eureka: Rebecca (Hamilton) Samuals (MRC), Kate McDonald, Halie Smith (KU)

Goddard: Morgan Bowen, Michaela Cinotto,

Halstead: Jordan White

Haysville: Jessica Warren, 

Leon: Kerri Young (M)

Maize: Ashley Lawrence

Newton: Melissa Tennyson 

Park City: Rachael Henry, Class Vice President, M, BSNA Chair

Peabody: Courtney Schmill          

Potwin: Whitney Lowmaster (MRC)

Rose Hill: Leah Smith

Towanda: Lydia Hepburn, Charity Hon

Valley Center: Julia Kuepfer, Erica Willis

Wichita: Diana Aguilar, Jennifer Beall (KU), Emma Bennett, Yasmin Bennett, Kelsey Schlageck (Class President, M), Kyle Broz, Lindsay Buckert, Madison Cary (KU), Katherine Castellanos, Skylar Downes, Cheyenne Edwards, LoRisa Fouch (+, M), Katlyn Fox, Michelle Harper (M), Briana Higgins, Monalisa, Liyumba, Nathan Aung Maran (KU), Mychala Money (MRC), Kelsey Olson, Rachel Patterson, Jennifer Roe, Ricardo Sanchez, Stephanie Schumaker (M), Sarah Shaw, Linnea Smidderks, Baylee Smith, Kayla Smith, Angela Sung, Ariel Troutman, Elayna Wall, Audrie Warnick (+)

Winfield: Leah Dunn

Yates Center: Halie Smith (KU) (formally of Yates Center, now living in Eureka)

Pictured left to right are Kelsey Schlageck of Wichita, class president, and Rachael Henry of Park City, class vice president and Butler Student Nursing Association membership chair, share a smile prior to their Nurses Pinning Ceremony held at Butler Community College last week.

(KU) – Butler ASN graduate and KU Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate

(BSNA) – Butler Student Nursing Association officers

(+) – American Red Cross Recognition

(MRC) – Medical Reserves Corps Award Recipients

(M) – Mentoring Recognition


City Service Awards

In one of his final acts as Mayor, Vince Haines had the privilege of doing one of his favorite jobs – recognizing city employees who have 10 or more years of service with the City of El Dorado.

Neil Boyce was presented his award by Kurt Bookout.

Debbie Smith received her award from Chief Curt Zieman.

City Clerk Tabitha Sharp was presented her award by City Manager David Dillner.

Brad Meyers presented to proud Marine Dad and snake lover, Scott Jones, his award.

Officer Sarah Hagen received her award from Chief Zieman.

Officer John Thompson received his award from Chief Zieman.

City Engineer Scott Rickard presenting to Amanda Stalnaker.

Michelle Linson received her award from Kurt Bookout.

Butler Community College Life Enrichment to Host Documentary Producer, Author

El DORADO, Kansas – Butler Community College’s Life Enrichment will host Sara Harmon and KelLee Parr on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. Harmon will show her documentary at 9 a.m. and Parr will present on “Adoption Hub of America” at 10 a.m.Both presentations will be held in the Hubbard Welcome Center at Butler’s El Dorado campus.

Harmon wrote and produced For Your Amusement: The Wonderland Park on Ackerman Island. This short documentary tells the short-lived story of the first amusement park in Wichita, located on an island in the middle of the Arkansas River. The attraction brought in thousands of tourists and was a staple form of entertainment before automobiles, strict Sunday laws, and World War I led to its demise. The film won “Best Kansas Documentary” at the 2019 Doc Sunback Film Festival. Following the success of “For Your Amusement,” more information has emerged about this seemingly obscure attraction. Harmon has been in contact with living family members of relatives associated with the park. She also discovered the park had a second life in El Dorado.

Parr will present “Adoption Hub of America.” Parr was raised on a farm in Northeast Kansas and loves his rural roots. He has worked as an ag missionary in Guatemala, county extension ag and 4-H agent in Kansas, third grade teacher for many years, educational consultant, and adjunct professor. He currently helps write science curriculum for elementary students. His first book My Little Valentine,” is about his mother’s adoption and the search for her birth mother after 66 years of separation. Parr’s second book Mansion on a Hill is about The Willows Maternity Sanitarium in Kansas City where his mother was born. In his quest to learn more about his mother’s adoption, he became fascinated with the history behind The Willows and Kansas City being known as the “Adoption Hub of America.” 

Life Enrichment meets on the first Tuesday morning of the month during the school year. Area adults enjoy high-quality speakers and performers, along with a light breakfast and coffee during each regular meeting. Meetings take place in the Clifford/Stone Community Room at the Hubbard Welcome Center on the El Dorado campus. Meetings are open to everyone and there is no charge to attend. Those who attend regularly are encouraged to register so they receive monthly newsletters announcing the programs. New members are always welcome.

For more information about Life Enrichment or the November 5program, please contact Trisha Walls at 316-218-6355 or twalls@butlercc.edu.

BEST Team Holds Interactive Expo

The Business Education Strategic Team (BEST) held an interactive Career Expo on Wednesday, October 9th at the 4H Building in El Dorado. 

The BEST Career Expo was held at the Butler County Community Building on October 9th
The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce hosted the event in partnership with area businesses.

The event was designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to engage in the interactive exploration of careers and industry.  It was a collaboration between the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, both El Dorado and Circle High Schools, local businesses, the Workforce Centers and Butler Community College. 

High school students had the exclusive opportunity to engage in hands on-learning until 3:30pm at which time college students, parents, and the general public were welcomed.

“Being able to align business needs with corresponding educational pathways is important, and a primary goal of the BEST committee,” said Teresa Bergen, committee chair.

According to a report from Worldwide Interactive Network, Inc. (WIN) a career readiness resource organization, “In many states, education, economic development and workforce development policy largely function separate from one another.  As separate sets of policy, they often conflict and, consequently, do not maximize their impact on the overall economic health of a state or region. States should align these three policy areas into a single strategy they term the ‘Educonomy.’” 

Furthermore, the WIN report stated that understanding a region’s educonomy requires “identifying business and industry talent needs, understanding the current and emerging occupational and job-specific skills that are in demand, and take an inventory of the quantity and quality of people willing and able to seek employment in critical occupations.”

Some of the area employers participating in the expo included: 

Butler Community College

Susan B. Allen Memorial

Kansas Department of Transportation

Flinthills Services, Inc.

BG Products


Butler Electric Cooperative

Homestead Assisted Living & Memory Care

Kansas State University Global Campus

Hogoboom Oil Field Trucking

Everyday El Dorado


SERC Physical Therapy


Kansas Department of Corrections

Emprise Bank

Dustrol, Inc.

Stanfield Roofing

Mary Kay


Pro Kleen

Beran Concrete


Miss Frontier Promotes Foreign Language Education 

While fans of the PBS drama “Downton Abbey” prepare for its big screen debut and the arrival of the Queen, another type of queen has arrived on campus, with much less fanfare.  The newly crowned Miss Frontier, Naomi Galindo, has also gained a new title – Butler Grizzly.  

Miss Frontier 2019 Naomi Galindo appeared before the City Commission to promote the HollyFrontier Western Celebration as one of her first duties.  Photo by Deanna Bonn 

Galindo began classes this fall at Butler and aims to eventually earn a Ph.D. in Linguistics.  She currently speaks three languages, French, English and Spanish and has started learning Russian this semester. 

“I’m planning to attend KU and major in Russian/East European/Central Asian studies with a minor in political science ,” Galindo said.

While you may think it’s her crown and sash that set her apart from the average student, it’s actually her social initiative and personal passion of promoting Foreign Language Education for Grades K-12.  

Miss Frontier 2019 Naomi Galindo. Photo by Jennifer West

As Miss Frontier, Galindo will have many opportunities to share her platform and help raise awareness for the importance of Foreign Language Education for students from kindergarten through high school.  

The Miss Frontier pageant is a part of the HollyFrontier Western Celebration and is held annually in El Dorado.  The young woman crowned each year serves an ambassador to the celebration and they go on to represent the community through a variety of volunteer opportunities and appearances. 

Galindo said, “I’m a huge fan of Miss Universe and so I found out that we had a local pageant and I decided to compete.”  

Many young women participate in pageants as a way to help pay for school.  Many pageant systems provide scholarship money or partner with colleges to provide in-kind scholarships.  Through her participation in pageants, Galindo has started college debt-free and plans to continue competing to earn more scholarships.  She previously held the titles of Miss Teen Frontier 2017 and Miss Teen El Dorado 2018.  

Galindo said, “I would like to promote my platform, keep developing myself and my platform. I would also like to compete in the Miss Kansas pageant.” 
As a result of winning the title of Miss Frontier, Galindo has the opportunity to participate in the Miss Kansas Competition.  The Miss Kansas Competition is a part of the Miss America Organization and participation in that program opens the doors to even more scholarships.     

According to the Miss America Organization, “The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s largest providers of scholarship assistance to young women.” 

The Miss Kansas Scholarship Program is for young women age 17-25 years old. 

According to the Miss Kansas Organization, through their participation in the program, young women earn more than scholarship awards for college.  They gain community service experience as well as experience in speaking extemporaneously.   

They learn to formulate and present their views on important issues.  They grow in grace while improving social skills. They learn to set goals and work toward physical fitness and they learn to build a network while meeting new people with confidence and security.

The young women who participate in the Miss Kansas Scholarship Program gain experience in planning and time management as well as developing a performance talent.  Galindo’s talent is singing and she performed a song in Croatian at Miss Frontier. 

Galindo’s reign will be marked by a year of service.  In addition to multiple opportunities to volunteer, she will advocate for a personal platform, also known as a social initiative.  A social initiative is a project developed by the individual and acts as catalysts for positive social change.  

Galindo’s social initiative is promoting Foreign Language Education for Grades K-12.  Additionally, Galindo wants to encourage other young women to compete for scholarships. 

“This year I’m working on recruiting girls for the Miss and Teen Division to get them involved with the pageant.  There are a lot of opportunities such as winning a scholarship, gaining confidence and developing friendships,” Galindo said. 

While the next Miss Kansas Competition is not until June 2020, Galindo will be busy with her classes at Butler Community College and her royal duties as Miss Frontier.



Luxury Car Repair Training Comes to Butler Community College

El Dorado, Kan. – The premiere car maker, Volvo, and Butler Community College officially collaborated in August in an effort to strengthen the auto mechanic workforce and develop a pipeline for the car company. The agreement was made possible in part by Eddy’s Volvo Cars of Wichita, serving as the sponsoring dealership, and Volvo’s Car University Program designed to embed Volvo system technology into top accredited auto tech programs in the country.

The new 2019 Volvo S60 will be available to Butler students for class practice. The car is a part of the hands-on approach in the new Volvo’s Car University Program curriculum.  (Photo courtesy of Volvo Car Group Global Newsroom)

Volvo Cars issued this statement, “Volvo Car University supports local Volvo retailers in developing the next generation of technicians by facilitating training, tools and vehicle availability at local colleges and educational institutions.”

Butler Community College is proud to be one of the first collegiate Volvo Training programs in the country. Butler’s faculty will be trained in the latest Volvo technologies, and Butler’s auto tech students will have hands-on access to training from Butler faculty for the premiere technology within Volvo cars. The Volvo curriculum, to be launched this fall and embedded into the existing curriculum, will become standard for all auto tech students at Butler.

All the tools and resources for training purposes will be provided by Eddy’s Volvo Cars of Wichita. The dealership’s Service and Parts Director, Todd Truitt, headed the program and will meet regularly with Mark Jaye, Butler’s auto tech lead instructor, to stay updated on information and training throughout the program’s duration.

“I’m excited about a new partnership with a local community college, and hope it can better equip students interested in the field with a more realistic idea of what they will be facing on a day to day basis,” said Truitt.

The access to the Volvo curriculum and technology enhances the program by broadening student knowledge of luxury cars; knowledge which is typically only accessible through private training facilities. Butler’s Auto Tech Program is located in El Dorado and is certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).

Those interested in Butler’s Auto Tech Program can contact program lead, Mark Jaye, at 316.322.3257or mjaye1@butlercc.edu.

City Commission

At the El Dorado City Commission meeting Monday night, the consent agenda was approved (4-0) with Commissioner Badwey absent. On the consent agenda was the following items:

  1. Approval of City Commission Minutes from June 3, 2019 and City Commission Special
  2. Minutes from May, 15, 28 and 29, 2019.
  3. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance No. 06-19 in the amount of $4,260,102.71.
  4. Temporary Beer License for BCC at Drums Across Kansas.

Items of business brought before the commission began with Brian Minnis, Chief Development Officer of GreatLIFE Golf and Fitness.  He appeared before the Commission to answer questions regarding the lease and transaction process with the golf course. There is a delay with finalizing the transaction due to one of the five partners retiring and divesting his investment in the company.  The Commission approved the execution of the Prairie Trails Lease Agreement 4-0

Jay Shivers from the Engineering Department presented the Special Use Permit (SUP) application for the expansion of Deer Grove RV Park onto 2.3 acres at 2953 SE Highway 54.  A SUP allows specific uses to take place on a property. The zoning ordinance allows campgrounds with a SUP on this property, which is zoned Manufactured Home Park Residential District. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on May 30th, 2019, to review the application and they voted to unanimously recommend approval of the application.  Conditions may be placed on the SUP .

The current zoning district allows single-family residential and manufactured home parks. The SUP was  approved with condition of a 6 foot privacy fence to limit the impact of the special use. It was approved 4-0.

The City of El Dorado requested bids for the rehabilitation and sealing of runway 4/22 at the Captain Jack Thomas Memorial Airport.  The lowest and best bid was determined to be from Pearson Construction at $236,311.38. The City has requested assistance from the FAA and has been granted funding in the amount of 90% of the project. The cost to the City will be $36,100 which has been budgeted in the airport fund.

The Commission authorized the City Manager to execute the contract with the FAA and upon concurrence from them, award the contract to Pearson Construction for the Runway 4/22 project, 4-0.

In an effort to address dangerous and unfit structures, staff has determined from our unsafe-unfit structures list, 5 homes that an ultimate resolution needs to be addressed. Those homes are:

1107 W Carr; 1108 W Carr; 426 W 7th; 802 S Taylor; and 205 N Washington.

Chapter 15.16 of El Dorado Municipal Code sets forth the avenue to rectify the ongoing issues with these structures.  If the owner of the property is unable to cause a structure to be razed the City Commission is the ultimate entity responsible for demolition cost. A special assessment would be placed on the property in hopes of recovering the cost.  The Commission authorized (4-0) the scheduling of a public hearing on August 19, 2019 at 6:30 for the purpose of abating or removing the dangerous structures at 1107 W Carr, 1108 W Carr, 426 W 7th, 802 S Taylor and 205 N Washington.

A public hearing was held for the purpose of considering an application to be submitted to the Kansas Department of Commerce for Small Cities Community Development Block Grant funds under the Downtown Commercial Rehabilitation category.

The project considered for the grant is for the rehabilitation of the building located 142 North Main Street El Dorado, Kansas at the corner of North Main Street and West 1st Street. The proposed rehabilitation project will consist of installing a perimeter drain system inside the building, demolition of roof down to concrete roof slab, install new roof drains with overflow drains, R-30 insulation, TPO roof membrane and fire suppression system. The estimated project cost is $330,600.00, with the grant request for $247,950.00 of the project cost and a local match of $82,650.00.

Under previous ownership, maintenance of the property was neglected resulting in a failed roof and extensive water damage throughout the building. In April of this year, the building was purchased by Nathan and Nicole Ensminger with the intent to bring the building up to code and rehabilitate the interior for occupancy of multiple tenants on the first and second floors. As an anchor building in the core of downtown El Dorado, the property is eligible for Community Development Block Grant funding under the current 2019 Downtown Commercial Rehabilitation program.  Costs for the administration of the grant will be paid from grant proceeds.

The Commissioning approved the declaration of the building as blighted, with respect to the Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program. The Resolution certifying legal authority to apply for the 2019 Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program from the Kansas Department of Commerce was approved, 4-0.  Additionally, the Commission directed City Manager, David Dillner to execute a contract with South Central Kansas Economic Development District (SCKEDD) for administrative services for the Community Development Block Grant, 4-0.

Kurt Bookout, Director of Public Utilities, appeared to present bids for the Prairie Trails Pump Station.  No bids were received for the project. City staff contacted Electrical Systems, Inc. (ESI) of Wichita, and requested a bid which they submitted a bid in June for the project.  The purpose of the project is to increase the operational flexibility and efficiency of the Booster Pump Station by adding a jockey pump, by-pass piping and valves, pump VFD and controls.  The addition of these items to the station will decrease electrical costs significantly. The bid received was for $55,000 with a discount provided of $5,500, so the actual project cost will be $49,500. The project was budgeted and the water fund is anticipated to fall within their targeted cash range this year.

The Commission voted (4-0) to direct the City Manager to execute the contract with ESI for the Prairie Trails Pump Station.